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Hard to Categorize but Easy to Like

January 3rd, 2012

Xray Eyeballs – Mercury Lounge – January 2, 2011

Xray Eyeballs are more than just a wall-of-sound concoction of garage low-end reverb with a carefree punk delivery, and they’ve managed to cultivate a faithful following of fans that showed up at Mercury Lounge last night, post-holiday, to play along with the band. The die-hard audience left to drown in the sea of tom-tom-rock reverb and delinquent harmony from O.J. San Felipe and Carly Rabalais, who looked the goth part that’s just one of the varied components in the band’s work. Masterminded by San Felipe less than a year ago, the ex-members of Golden Triangle have already put out a couple of singles on Hozac Records and a full-length on Kanine with another, Splendor Squalor, on the way next month.

Xray Eyeballs are getting away with overdoses of downer-slacker lullabies of the “Let’s get high” Wavves variety, but a long ways away from the sand and surf, instead filtered through the once scuzzy alleys and the bearded-lumberjack chic of Williamsburg. With heavy guitar and vocal effects nearly working against them, they managed to distill sentimental melodies out of the haze, making the act feel like a typical night; a soundtrack of substance excess and disappointment that goes back one generation to the Jesus and Mary Chain or, even further, to the psyche repetition of the Velvet Underground. Living proof that a punk attitude and crass delivery will always be in style over catchy, crafted hooks, Xray Eyeballs aren’t easily categorized, blending together that asphalt-surf reverb and the “My Boyfriend’s Back” garage reinterpretations of Hunx and his Punx’ ’50s style in their own seemingly accidental combinations. —Jason Dean


Sub Pop Showcase – Mercury Lounge – October 20, 2011

October 21st, 2011

J. Mascis

Photos courtesy of Ahron R. Foster | www.ahronfoster.com


CMJ Music Marathon Starts Today

October 18th, 2011

It’s that time of year again: 20-minute sets; in midtown one minute, the Lower East Side the next; scarfing down food with minutes to spare before the next show. From Mercury Lounge to The Bowery Ballroom and beyond, the CMJ Music Marathon is upon us. Here’re which bands we’re specifically looking forward to seeing play live. New York City quintet Caveman transfers any pop sensibilities into a dreamy landscape of lush indie harmonies through love, nostalgia and other sentiments. In support of their debut, CoCo Beware, Caveman will play 10 shows during CMJ, including the Bowery Presents showcase on 10/22 at Pianos. —Tina Benitez

The CMJ Music Marathon, now in its 31st year, is back to make five days in October seem impossible to navigate. Expect packed lineups at each venue because every band you ever wanted to see is in town. The supergroup Wild Flag, featuring Mary Timony, from Helium, and Carrie Brownstein, of Sleater Kinney among others, kicks off things tonight at The Bowery Ballroom. And at the same time Afro-punk Presents Death to Hip-Hop, featuring technical death-metal pioneers Death and Brooklyn’s own skate-pizza punk, Cerebral Ballzy, whose name really says it all. Wednesday’s pick has to be the ever-controversial indie rap group Odd Future at Terminal 5. Then on Thursday try to get into the sold-out lineup at Mercury Lounge, with garage-rock Xray Eyeballs and Florida’s Jacuzzi Boys, followed by Memoryhouse’s atmospheric shoegaze and finally, J. Mascis. You will show up at 6:30 and stay the entire night. Friday has more fuzzed-out pop with Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles at The Bowery Ballroom, and if you sleep over, on Saturday, Gang Gang Dance’s experimental electronic beats just might give you a chance to recover. And then sleep on Sunday for 24 hours before work. That’s your CMJ. —Jason Dean

Last year I spent the majority of CMJ camped out at Terminal 5 for My Morning Jacket. But this year I plan to get around. Not everyone has an abundance of free time, so if you can only hit one show, my money’s on the High Road Touring showcase at The Bowery Ballroom on 10/20. And despite it being a stellar lineup from top to bottom, for me the No. 1 band to check out during the whole festival is Alabama Shakes (above, playing “I Found You” for Live from the Shoals). The quartet, out of small-town Athens, Ala., has a four-song EP and an incredible bluesy-soul sound. You won’t want to miss Brittany Howard’s voice. Sure, she’s a postal worker by day, but she’s a bona fide rock star by night. Don’t miss this. You’ll be able to tell your friends you saw this band at the very beginning. —R. Zizmor


Hell at the Hall: Black Lips at Webster Hall on 10/29

October 6th, 2011

In just a few short weeks, Halloween will be upon us. This year it comes on a Monday, but you can get your holiday started early when Black Lips—and Davilla 666 and Xray Eyeballs—play Webster Hall on Saturday, 10/29. Their fourth album, the well-received Arabia Mountain, came out this past summer, and it features the Atlanta quartet’s retro sound with a modern touch. It’s great to listen to and it will even better to hear it live. Hell at the Hall. Don’t miss it.